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Do fitness trackers really help?

NEW YORK (AP) - Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Utah university creates ‘texting lane’ for phone-focused walkers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One Utah university is giving students glued to their cellphones a place to call their own: a designated lane for texting while walking.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Feds announce nationwide health care fraud sweeps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 243 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacy owners accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid, the government announced Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Which woman should appear on $10 bill?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks?

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Lobster prices rise as summer season gets off to slow start

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


McDonald’s downsizing in US

NEW YORK (AP) - The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Allegiant Air faces labor disputes, questions

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Issues continue to circle overhead for low-fare Allegiant Air as directors gathered in the profitable company's Las Vegas headquarters Thursday for a shareholder meeting.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘PURE, PURE CONCENTRATED EVIL’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It was an act of "pure, pure concentrated evil," Charleston's mayor said - a black community's leading lights extinguished in a spray of bullets, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who was welcomed into their Bible study session. And so the nine victims at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church joined the ever-lengthening list of America's racial casualties.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer: Man blown away by wife’s role in prison escape plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A man was "blown away" by word that his wife discussed having two inmates kill him as she helped them plot their successful escape from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, his lawyer said on Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Jury recommends no extra prison for Marine who killed Iraqi civilian

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A military jury on Thursday recommended that a U.S. Marine twice convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years he has already served for the crime.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Comcast Cable Communications must identify an Internet-service subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Texas repeals ban on deep fryers in schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It's about freedom, not the fries.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Delivery by drone in 30 minutes?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


Luck runs out: Man loses $92K in winning lottery tickets

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The same lucky lottery numbers, 7-1-5, that won a Florida man tens of thousands of dollars over the years banked him another $92,000 payout last month. And then his luck ran out: the 184 winning tickets, each worth $500, were nowhere to be found.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


Three postal workers accused of rigging Operation Santa program

NEW YORK (AP) - Three postal workers played the Grinch and stole laptop computers, a toy train, boots and other gifts destined for underprivileged children by rigging the Operation Santa program where they worked, authorities said.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


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Alphabet’s quarter earns soar despite rising ‘moonshot’ losses

MOUJNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may ...

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Oracle buying ‘cloud’ business software provider NetSuite

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Software mogul Larry Ellison once famously mocked cloud computing as a fad. Now his company, Oracle, will spend $9.3 billion to ...

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Chipotle plans to open new burger restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle, still struggling to win back customers after a series of food scares, plans to open its first burger restaurant this year.

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Amazon’s already large distribution empire keeps expanding more

SEATTLE (AP) - Online shoppers want their packages - now. And Amazon is spending heavily to make sure that happens.

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Obama boosts Hillary Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a ...

July 27, 2016 | | Nation


For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his ...

July 27, 2016 | | Nation


Officer says she wasn’t aware Confederate flag offends some

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia police officer fired for flying the Confederate battle flag at her suburban Atlanta home says she had no idea the ...

July 27, 2016 | | Nation


Judge dismisses manslaughter charge against Florida deputy

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A judge on Wednesday dismissed a manslaughter charge against a Florida deputy who claimed self-defense in the 2013 fatal shooting of ...

July 27, 2016 | | Nation


US board declines to release ‘20th hijacker’ from Guantanamo

MIAMI (AP) - A board reviewing the status of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has decided against releasing a Saudi who U.S. authorities believe narrowly avoided ...

July 27, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders backers divided on Clinton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bernie Sanders tried to calm tensions among his delegates Monday at the Democratic National Convention but some weren't in a listening mood ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Mom of slain teen warned son of nightclub shootings

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - With the Orlando massacre still fresh on everyone's mind, the mother of a young man who was slain at a ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


At least 19 killed, about 20 injured in knifing near Tokyo

SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) - At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


IS attacker: Germans ‘won’t be able to sleep peacefully’

ANSBACH, Germany (AP) - A Syrian man who tried unsuccessfully to claim asylum in Germany pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and vowed the nation ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Groups seek to help veteran held as motel hostage for years

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Veterans' organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


After turmoil, Sanders, Mrs. Obama, Warren thrill convention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


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